BESTSELLERS

BLOSSOM STREET BRIDES by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014
Fans will happily return to the warm, welcoming sanctuary of Macomber's Blossom Street, catching up with old friends from past Blossom Street books and meeting new ones being welcomed into the fold. Read full book review >
THE 100  by Kass Morgan

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Sept. 3, 2013
Perhaps the television incarnation will have some life. (Dystopian adventure. 15 & up)Read full book review >

GATHERING BLUE by Lois Lowry
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: Sept. 1, 2000
A top writer, in top form. (author's note) (Fiction. 11-13) Read full book review >
THE STORY OF THE JEWS by Simon Schama
HISTORY
Released: March 18, 2014
A multifaceted story artfully woven by an expert historian. Read full book review >
THE PROMISE OF A PENCIL by Adam Braun
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014
Informative and inspiring but somewhat marred by a self-congratulatory tone. Read full book review >

YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN by Jean Hanff Korelitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014
A smart, leisurely study of midlife angst. Read full book review >
THE CAIRO AFFAIR by Olen Steinhauer

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014
Could easily dispense with a third of the pages in this le Carré wannabe. Read full book review >
RAISING STEAM by Terry Pratchett

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014
Brimming with Pratchett's trademark wit, a yarn with a serious point made with style and elegance. Read full book review >
MISSING YOU by Harlan Coben

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014
The setup is irresistible, the twists generously piled on and the climax suitably pulse-pounding, even though best-selling Coben (Six Years, 2013, etc.) is hard-pressed to tie all those complications together or produce a payoff that rises to their deliciously suspenseful levels. Read full book review >
RUINS by Dan Wells

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: March 11, 2014
Science (fiction) at the end of the world done right. (Science fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
SKY RAIDERS by Brandon Mull

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: March 11, 2014
Sequels are certain, and they should be welcomed by all who like plenty of "odd" in their odysseys. (Fantasy. 10-13)Read full book review >
HI, KOO! by Jon J Muth
Kirkus Star
by Jon J Muth, illustrated by Jon J Muth

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: Feb. 25, 2014
Throughout, condensed poetic image coupled with spare illustration yields huge effect; in a word, magical. (Picture book/poetry. 3 & up)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >